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Dec 9, 2013 10:00am PST
president george w. bush, laura bush, former secretary of state hillary clinton all left washington from andrews air force base on "air force one." president clinton and jimmy carter will be meeting them in south africa. president obama will be speaking at tomorrow's memorial service. nbc's ron allen live in soweto. ron, this is a gathering of the great, families, people of south africa all gathering. you have covered this so long. tell me about the emotions as people in south africa prepare? >>. >> reporter: it's an unbelievable atmosphere. we're across the street from the nelson mandela home, the home occupied from 1940s to 1990s. tomorrow is a day that will be unlike any other. there's more than 80 heads of state here. that will surpass the heads of state and world leaders who came to mourn and to say good-bye to pope john paul ii. largest gathering of heads of state outside of u.n. perhaps ever. we'll have to see how this day goes. and of course, there will be tens of thousands of people, perhaps millions of people, trying to get near the soccer stadium where this event will take pla
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 10:00am PST
connection, also the connection, charlene was talking about that. george w. bush was really transformed in many ways, the pepfar agreement, all the work he's done since and repeated trips to tanzania. >> even people who didn't like george w. bush's politics or wars, whatever, have to give him credit for the pepfar program which literally saved millions of lives especially in southern africa providing retro viral drugs for aids to people who otherwise would not have had this lifesaving treatment. it's an astonishing accomplishment and recognized and appreciated across the continent where he's probably more popular than he is anywhere in the world. >> i was going to say um becki, mandela's successor has a reaction area view that aids somehow was not the treatment and so banned retro viral drugs. it was mandela and mandela foundation that stepped in and pepfar and george w. bush that filled the gap. >> that's right. remember, ten years ago epicenter of the aids epidemic, demographic and human disaster on a massive scale there. the fact it hasn't happened is a tribute to preside
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 1:00pm PST
accomplished. all of this sort of george w. bush kind of iconography creeping back in. but not from democrats. from republicans. from the rupert murdochian "wall street journal." how did george w. bush go from being the beloved president who was the icon of the right to a dirty word? >> right. that's what's so fascinating here. this comes at a time when republicans are very happy to know that george w. bush's approval ratings, like all presidents after they leave office, have gone up. and you know, a few weeks ago we heard a lot of conservatives say george w. bush has a better approval rating than barack obama, even, right? and yet the -- it's conservatives and republicans who are invoking him as, you know, the best dig they can get in at obama is comparing him to george w. bush. it does show how far the republican party has drifted in various directions, mind you. not in one direction. but away from the bush years. and they are still trying to distance themselves from that. >> and i mean, brian, it's fascinating. we have had mission accomplished. we have had things being called obama's katri
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 6:00pm PST
and the first lady, but also three former presidents, george w. bush will be there and president clinton and jimmy carter. this appears to be on the second time in u.s. history that that many presidents, four living presidents, will be together, somewhere outside the united states. the only other time that has ever happened in history was at the funeral of jordan's king hussein back in 1999, when the president was bill clinton and he was joined by three of his presidential predecessors. but four u.s. presidents all together, all at once, that will be part of the remarkable scene tomorrow morning outside africa's largest soccer stadium in soweto. you may remember this from the amazingly large chorus of zu surv survzuvela. it was unclear whether or not president obama would be asked the to speak at tomorrow's memorial service at the stadium, but we now know that president obama will be one of six foreign leaders wh s who will be delive remarks at the event. it will be our president along with the presidents of brazil, namibia, india, cuba, as well as the vice president of china. af
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 9:00am PST
one" this morning along with former secretary of state hillary clinton and former president george w. bush and his wife laura. president bill clinton and jimmy carter traveling separately to the service. two lawmakers part of a delegation heading to the country, 22 house democrats as well as illinois republican and texas senator ted cruz. the memorial is expected to draw a who's who of leaders, david cameron, prince charles, afghanistan's hamid karzai and cuba's raul castro. joining me from south africa, nbc's ron allen. can you give me a sense of what it's like on the ground and the preparations that are under way. >> it's been an amazing few days since we've been here. in case you can't hear, it's raining, it's dark. there are still crowds out there chanting, choirs, is a mood of festivity, jubilation. also grief and mourning, but for the most part it's been a time of celebrating the life of nelson mandela. we've just achieved the official program for tomorrow. the service begins here around 11:00 a.m., which is 4:00 a.m. in the united states. they are expecting 80,000 people to jam the foot
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
adviser to george w. bush mark mckinnon. what's the look he's sporting? >> i don't know, man. look at these guys. this is what my grandma in dalton, georgia would call gracious plenty. >> i'm not done. >> jesus has provided for me this morning. >> i'm not done. to add we have sam stein in washington. >> whatever. >> hey, sam. i love you. to show you how humorless people are on twitter i have people telling me three, four times a week why are you being mean to sam stein. they don't realize it's love. >> my mom is one of those people. she's reaching out. she's concerned. >> i invited your mother to come to my christmas party and she didn't come. so, you know what? there were people there that wanted to meet her and love her because she's one of the best doctors in connecticut. you know what your mother told me. she said go hell, joe scarborough. >> my mother came all the way from virginia. >> it's an unbreakable samuel jackson reference you made. underappreciated. >> nobody else got the unbreakable thing. if the guy jumps up on the box and is that's his leg it's the samuel jackson -- >>
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 9:00pm PST
objectionable. one of the nominees worked in the george w. bush administration as an assistant solicitor general. republicans had no problem with any of these people being judges, no substantive problems. they just didn't want president obama to be able to sit his own nominees on that court, no matter who the nominees were. there are judicial vacancies, but they don't want president obama to fill those vacancies, so the republicans blocked those three nominees. and the democrats responded by being very upset, as usual, right? exclaiming about how terrible it all was and threatening! oh, boy, did they threaten, like they always do. the democrats huffed and they puffed and got very upset, just like they always do when republicans do stuff like this, except this time, they actually huffed and puffed and did blow the house down. the democrats made good on their threats, blowing everybody's minds in the process. democrats finally decided to do something about the fact that republicans were blocking the president's nominations just because they didn't want this particular president to be able
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
economy and uneven creation in 06 and 07 that kept george w. bush from recovering from the damage done to him politically by katrina and the iraq war. could the economy do for president obama and cure him from his health care ills? the director the moody's and specializing in macro economics and economic indicator. let me start with are things as rosy as they look going into 2014? >> things are looking better. they might be labeling things as rosy. they have a long way to go before it is healed. the mix of jobs is not what we like to see. a lot of jobs are being created in the industries and that's going to change in 2014. the stronger growth are falling into place. >> those conditions are what? that impact is fading and the job market is healing. the one wild card for 2014 will be conphi dechblts that's the one thing that has been the missing piece of this recovery. it has been the lack of confidence among consumers and businesses. that will spent more freely. there is a lot of pent up demand. >> is this issue all traced to washington and the budget standoffs or other reasons for
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 11:00am PST
leader. george w. bush and jimmy carter also attended. despite the rain they sang and cheered along through the whole program. ♪ >> three of mandela's 18 grandchildren were greeted with cheers as they stepped to the podium to speak for the mandela family. >> tower over the world like a comet, leaving streaks of light for us to follow. we salute you, mandiba. >> the giant tree has fallen, scattering bright leaves, each indicating messages of peace and love and reconciliation. >> of the wind, of the land, where black and white and rich and poor and men and women and children must live side by side dreaming the same dream, realizing that we salute you. >> president obama got quite the warm welcome. he also greeted the mandela family before he paid tribute to the man he praised as a giant of history. >> over 30 years ago, while still a student, i learned of nelson mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land. and it stirred something in me. it woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. and
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 3:00am PST
there bringing both parties together. george w. bush, a man yesterday we were talking about who actually as a president who did more for africa than any other president. >> that's right. >> which is a legacy. part of that bush legacy you don't hear but you have three presidents down there in george w. bush and bill clinton and barack obama who i think represent us very well especially at this time. >> absolutely. you know, you go back to the relationship that mandela had with all these men and how personal it seemed with all of them when president obama came out on thursday and made his statement in the briefing room. when we learned the death of nelson mandela we can learn how personal it was. sometimes they come out with a statement we're saddened by the loss of foreign leader x but this man meant so much on a personal level. >> you see them talking right there. all those presents. >> all in one shot, hillary clinton, george w. bush, bill clinton, standing in the rain in soweto in the stadium where nelson mandela is being remembered by tens of thousands from around the world.
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 6:00am PST
chili for a second day in a row. at the white house it's ranchero beef chili. >>> trivia, george w. bush was the first president to mark world aids day by draping that giant aids red ribbon on the north portico of the white house. it was 2007 when that happened. congratulations to today's winner, silver alert bill. there you go, only on twitter. send your trivia suggestions to daily rundown@msnbc.com. we'll be right back. so ally bank has a raise your rate cd that won't trap me in a rate. that's correct. cause i'm really nervous about getting trapped. why's that? uh, mark? go get help! i have my reasons. look, you don't have to feel trapped with our raise your rate cd. if our rate on this cd goes up, yours can too. oh that sounds nice. don't feel trapped with the ally raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally. ♪ ♪ >>> time for my monday takeaway. in the shadow campaign that is hillary for president, every day a headline emerges about something mrs. clinton is working to fix from her past failed presidential bid. over the weekend, we had this one. it was this "new york times
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 6:00am PST
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MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 2:30am PST
more than 50 world leaders paying tribute to nelson mandela tomorrow. president george w. bush and his wife will join them, president clinton and jimmy carter attending also. a big test for south africa's government as it plans the memorial expecting 94,000 people at fnb stadium where they had the world cup in 2010 and another 100,000 plus expected outside at overflow areas around the city. many details were worked out well in advance. politico is reporting the last-minute services are pretty daunting. concerns from the motorcade route to his safety once inside. meanwhile, sunday marked an official day of prayer across south africa. but in churches the scene was as much celebratory as mournful. other parts of the world, ukraine's president facing major unrest and a 48-hour deadline threat to disband his government. anti-government protesters yesterday toppled the stature of lenin. he's, of course, the founder of the soviet union, demonstrators took turns attacking the statue with hammers sort of reminiscent of the berlin wall falling in the early '90s and smashed it to pieces. othe
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 7:00am PST
south africa joined by former president george w. bush, laura bush and former secretary of state hillary clinton. presidents bill clin taund jton jimmy carter are making their way separately. they're planning to attend a massive memorial service for nelson mandela tomorrow. ron allen is outside mandela's former home. ron, good day to you. what kind of preparations are being made to accommodate everything that's going to be going on over the next 24 to 48 hours or so? >> reporter: well, the south african government is under a lot of pressure because this may be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders ever. it's hard to estimate the crowd size, the stadium where the memorial service will be held. seats some 80,000 people. but i've got to believe there's going to be tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people trying to get near this event. this entire country, if not the world, is consumed by the death of nelson mandela. we're here across the street from the home that's been the family's home for several decades. behind me perhaps you can see there's a little cro
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 12:00am PST
compared to president george w. bush, as in the problems with the health care plan have become president obama's katrina. >> but today, the website is now fixed enough that it looks like obama care is really here to stay. the repeal strategy is dead and obama care is out of the icu. according to the administration, the error message rate for the front end of the website is less than 1%. that's down from about 6% last month. the site can now handle 50,000 users at a time, 800,000 per day. keep in mind, at one point, the site could handle only about 1,000 users at a time. >> this website is and will function effectively for the vast majority of users. >> not only is the website functioning better, enrollment is up, too. over 100,000 people have successfully selected plans in the federal exchange in november alone, up from the nearly 27,000 who did so in october. during the first few weeks of november, california's same exchange enrolled more people in private plans than they did for the entire month of october. and in new york, over 33,000 people enrolled through the state's exch
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 4:00pm PST
corporate republican. he was part of the george w. bush machine of compassionate conservatism years ago. but now he's playing to that crowd. and the fact it was a google hangout is significant. one of the things that's changed here is that you marry that long tradition of american fear of government, of resentment of the other, of conservative versus liberalism. you marry that us versus them with modern technology in the fact you can speak discreetly to your own crew and stoke up your own crew, wave the flag with them, and you have the tone of the republican party today. they're largely speaking to themselves. >> yeah. and on occasion they get caught, sam. one thing i've noticed here the way howard pointed that out is yes john cornyn was a regular conservative republican until ted cruz became his running mate. driving out of circulation, it seems. >> yeah. well, listen. this is a complex matter. because to cornyn and others' credits, they were warning there would be people that would be left off of their plans or forced to cancel plans. a lot of the problems we're seeg they did warn
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 1:00pm PST
was the idea that was put forward by dick cheney and david addington and their crew that george w. bush had to have extraordinary power. he could set aside the geneva conventions on things like torture. so is the irony just being missed by republicans, that they used to want george w. bush to be extraordinarily power and now they don't like president obama being an uber, meaning awesome president? >> yeah, they were totally comfortable with president bush having wide-ranging executive -- far-reaching and you know, ground-breaking really executive power. this president not so much. but the thing that i find really fascinating too, and you'll remember, it started very early when he started appointing people and he had the -- what they were calling green jobs czars and other things. the czars, that was the initial. but they vacillate. they can't decide which attack they want to go with. he's either this like supreme dictatorial, you know, heavy handed leader, or he's totally feckless and leading from behind, and he's -- >> exactly. >> just observe ohhing his administration without actually tak
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 1:00pm PST
, sharing air force one on the way back, just as he did on the way over, with former president george w. bush, and life laura. the presidents' day began under rainy skies in soweto, south africa, where he joined dozens of world leaders in a moving tribute to the late nelson mandela. >> mandela showed us the power of action. of taking risk on behalf of our ideals. but as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal. >> and for more on the struggle for compromise in washington right now, we are joined by congresswoman, louise slaughter, democrat of new york. with us from capitol hill. how are you? >> well, thanks. and you? >> doing very well. and i hope you're okay in the snow today in washington. you have demanded a no budget, no vacation line. and here we are on tuesday, ticking down to this deadline. how does it look? >> well, first, let me tell you, i'm from upstate new york. and i can't believe they closed everything down here for what appears to be a heavy frost. but here we are. i do not want this con
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm PST
late nelson mandela. the president is joined on air force one by former president george w. bush, his wife laura, and former secretary of state, hillary clinton. meanwhile, for families in newtown, some powerful public statements ahead of a painful anniversary. we will listen to their message in a few minutes. >>> also, signs of real steps towards recovery on friday. unemployment fell to its lowest rate since november 2008. white house officials say congress can build on these gains. and that brings us to our top story. president pushing congress to finish the deal on the budget. yes, the season for wheeling and dealing, and not just bargain hunting at the mal. washington lawmakers face their first test since house republicans backed off the government shutdown. that deal, of course, created a new economic deadline, a congressional budget by this friday. so both houses of congress looking to strike their first agreement since 2011. the last two years haven't seen much consensus. the "washington post" is reporting the new deal may provide a cease fire. under one approach, the white hou
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
really speak for the down trodden in this country. first up, senator rob portman, george w. bush's former budget director, recently ate a cheese burger and came up with this bogus conclusion. >> i went to a burger place, and there was a digital display to buy a ham burrer, and there was nobody behind the counter except the cashier. and you go to these fast places now and often there is a drink dispenser. that's the concern. if you raised the minimum wage too high, you're going to have not more jobs but fewer jobs and fewer opportunities, particularly for these young people. >> you know what this is? that's an elitist view, a complete lack of vision. republicans claim raising the minimum wage would kill jobs? but let me underscore, there are no facts to back that up whatsoever. academic study after study shows raising the minimum wage would not kill american jobs. even if the costs of raising the minimum wage were passed along to the consumers. it still wouldn't be very much. here's what senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts had to say during a senate help committee hearing. >> during
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm PST
mandela. they left this morning on air force one along with former president george w. bush, laura bush, and hillary clinton. bill clinton's traveling separately from rio and jimmy carter will join them in johannesburg as well. only the second time in history that the current president and three former ones are together on foreign soil. also making the trip, texas republican senator ted cruz. senate democrats were asked not to go because of their busy legislative calendar this week. on the house side, aaron schock is leading a 24-member delegation. many of those members are for the congressional black caucus. president obama will speak tomorrow at the service which you can watch right here on msnbc beginning at 4:00 a.m. eastern. that's tomorrow in the morning. we'll be right back after this. >>> welcome back to "hardball." if conservatives like senator rand paul get their way, unemployment assistance will be cut to as many as 1.3 million americans at the end of this month. merry christmas to them. the program that provides benefits is set to expire at the end of this year. there's litt
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
george w. bush, his wife laura and former secretary of state hillary clinton. former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter are traveling separately. the only living president not able to attend george h.w. bush, at 89 can no longer travel such a long distance. it will be held in soweto where nelson mandela made his final public appearance in 2010. ron, you have half of the world's leaders gathering, that stadium seats 95,000. it is an open air and presented significant challenges security wise. >> reporter: yes, there's perhaps not been an event like this ever, dare i say, the most comparable is the funeral of pope john paul ii in 2005 where there was 3 million people and 75 or 80 world leaders who attended. this is going to be an amazing day tomorrow. there's a lot of anticipation already. behind me you can hear people in the streets here still singing and dancing and sell bragt the life of nelson mandela. this has gone on constantly since his death was announced thursday night. they are already starting to shut large parts of this community down. i think that's basically the sec
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 3:00pm PST
president george w. bush talked oil prices when strolling hand in hand with the saudi leader? gee. they seem pretty chummy. how about the time donald rumsfeld extended a hand shake to saddam hussein. that's a nice, firm hand shake right there. but this is about more than just gop hypocrisy and the party's real leader let it out of the bag today. >> there are a lot of people trying to say ah-ha, it proves president obama is a socialist. we don't need him shaking his hand to know this. >> that's what it's about. that's what this is about. this whole charade is about painting our president as a socialist, as the other, as someone who pals around with terrorists. and what makes those attacks so ugly is that today was about something much bigger. it was about celebrating a life that was above that pettiness. >> it took a man like madiba to free not just the prisoner but the jailer as well. to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you. to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion and generosity and truth.
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 8:00am PST
mandela. former presidents jimmy carter, george w. bush and bill clinton, along with former secretary of state hillary clinton are also attending. the massive memorial service, perhaps the largest honestly in history scheduled for tuesday in johannesburg's fnb stadium where president obama is expected to sta speak. a funeral will be in nelson mandela's hometown. here's live pictures from south africa where a prayer service is being held at the nelson mandela foundation hosted by archbishop desmond tutu. >>> ron allen about a half hour away in soreto. >> reporter: yes, here we are across the street from the nelltnel nelson mandela family home. you can see there's a street party that continues on now for several days since mr. mandela's death was announced on thursday evening here. the street has been filling with marchers, with choirs, with schoolchildren, with ordinary people who have come from far and near to be here, to be part of a celebration of mr. mandela's life. all of this is perhaps a day of anticipation because tomorrow about a mile or so from here, that huge socce
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 7:00pm PST
memorial tuesday. former president george w. bush and former first lady laura bush and former secretary of state, hillary clinton, are also traveling on air force one with the obamas. former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter will also attend the event, but are traveling separately. president george h.w. bush could not attend. you can see the memorial service live on msnbc starting at 4:00 a.m. eastern time. >>> up next, republicans are still having some problems, some big problems talking to women voters. in the nation, we know how you feel about your car. so when coverage really counts, count on nationwide insurance. because what's precious to you is precious to us. ♪ love, love is strange just another way we put members first. because we don't have shareholders. join the nation. ♪ baby... ♪ nationwide is on your side ♪ ...are the hands that do good things for the whole community: the environment, seniors, kids, and animals. that's why we created the share the love event. by the end of this year, the total donated by subaru could reach 35 million dollars. you get a great
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Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
lines and in the fact that george w. bush might not have done as much as he did and big events in contributions with his administration. not for the leadership to the foundation. bill clinton, ideologically, the deep discussions, do they see the parallel. >> they were political soul mates. bill clinton so identified with him and what he accomplished. he was a hero for people of clinton's age and my age and hillary clinton as much as white people as well. people of all color. he represented the good that could come out of struggles. >> let's go to the grio. joy, how impactful will nelson mandela be in american life moving forward? >> you know, ed, i think truly is one of the greatest citizens. stretching back to the 60s and 70s and into the 80s, the civil rights movement, the vietnam war and the antiwar movement and mandela movement on campuses and american kid who is had never been to the continent of africa, but identified with the suffering of 85% of that population who had no rights. >> my dad used to go to africa on business. he could go into the country on business and had mo
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 10:00pm PST
. former president george w. bush and former first lady laura bush and former secretary of state, hillary clinton, are also traveling on air force one with the obamas. former presidents bill clinton and jimmy carter will also attend the event, but are traveling separately. president george h.w. bush could not attend. you can see the memorial service live on msnbc starting at 4:00 a.m. eastern time. >>> up next, republicans are still having some problems, some big problems talking to women voters. in the nation, sometimes bad things happen. add brand new belongings from nationwide insurance and we'll replace stolen or destroyed items with brand-new versions. we put members first. join the nation. ♪ nationwide is on your side ♪ so ally bank has a that won't trap me in a rate. that's correct. cause i'm really nervous about getting trapped. why's that? uh, mark? go get help! i have my reasons. look, you don't have to feel trapped with our raise your rate cd. if our rate on this cd goes up, yours can too. oh that sounds nice. don't feel trapped with the ally raise your rate cd. al
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 2:00pm PST
very important fact that we as liberals must come to grips with. in december of 2008, george w. bush, president of the united states, approved a $17.4 billion bailout for general motors and chrysler. at the time, bush was one of very few republicans who were supporting the move. >> i think this is a bridge loan to nowhere. these companies basically are -- have failed, are failing. >> it now appears that much of what you have heard in the media about the auto bailout being about jobs has been misleading. >> we can't call it a bailout, because that might be too honest a statement to our citizens. so we call it a bridge loan. actually, it's a bridge loan to nowhere. >> we give them significant amounts of money, $15 billion, so that they go through that process. so that they start that discussion. so that they come back to us months later with a detailed restructuring plan. engli i think the average american would say, what, isn't that putting the cart before the horse? isn't that -- to use a common phrase, just ass-backwards? >> there's no question if you just write a check, you're going to see th
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm PST
better than president obama at this time. george w. bush was slightly lower at 37%. but this is the same president who it seemed could do no wrong when he was re-elected. ari often reminds me that in politics things can move very slow and they can also move very fast. >> only ari knows that? oh. >> and former white house adviser spoke to this on this week last week wanting it to move quickly. let's take a listen. >> people trust this president. i think there's been numbers all over the place. i'm confident in a few months from now those trust numbers are going to come up. i think his approval number will come up. >> that's obviously what every democrat wants. jon, it seems like this is a year the administration is wanting to put behind them very quickly. >> yeah, i mean -- well, if we had this conversation two months ago, two and a half months ago t would have been a very different conversation probably about the last year. it's just this last two months that have been very difficult for them. you know, i think a lot of the dancing on the right about the problems with the website ar
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2013 1:00pm PST
president george w. bush, former president clinton also going to attend the services there for nelson mandela. so, i think it is certainly going to be a historic turnout for laying a former leader to rest. also, when you look at president obama, he has some would call a special relationship with nelson mandela. he talks about the fact that his political act was to protest against apartheid. karen, back to you. >> thank you so much. go inside and get warm. >> reporter: thanks. >>> that does it for me. thanks so much for joining us. i'll see you back here tomorrow afternoon at 4:00. [ female announcer ] ladies and gentlemen i'm here to say a few words about the power of baking stuff with nestle toll house morsels. you can heal a broken heart with a bundt cake. make a monday mornin' feel like a friday afternoon with some nestle toll house morsels. let's close our laptops and open our ovens. these things don't bake themselves. we have to bake them for one another. we can bake the world a better place one toll house cookie at a time. nestle. good food, good life. at any minute... ..
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Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm PST
until 2008 that legislation was signed by george w. bush administration until 2008 there was actually legislation to take him off that list. can you tell us why it took so long for that to happen and how he got there in the first place? >> well, it actually took a very long time. president bush and condoleezza rice started that process to get nelson mandela and comrades off the terror watch list. frankly the nationalization immigration law, once you labeled someone on a terrorist, it's very difficult to take them off. and that did happen as you said in 2008, it took an act of congress. we actually had to pass legislation, condoleezza went to the hill and asked them to pass the legislation and finally president bush signed that law, signed that legislation into law. but today, i understand from many high ranking anc officials homeland security continues to treat some of them as needing a waiver to get into the united states, which is an embarrassment and what secretary rice said today, at the time, we can't allow president mandela, a man of his stature to be continue to be tre
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Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm PST
nation but that is proving increasingly difficult. his first term ended by tieing jouj l george w. bush as the most polarizing year ever. look how far the lines really are. it's no surprise since over the past decade the nation's seen a rise in liberal democrats and conservative republicans, it's which way politics to the fringe or center. we search far and wide to find someone who knows politics and elected as a republican governor and served four presidents including one democrat named obama. and the only name we could come up with is huntsman. yes, that's my dad jon. welcome to "the cycle." we've banished luke to the remote camera so you can be surrounded by beautiful women, a man with five daughters -- >> i have to say, i've been at a lot of tables but never been so intimidated. and so honored, i have to tell you, it's a great treat to be with you. >> we love having your daughter as well. >> i came to see whether she's been naulgty or nice and tour'e isn't here to give me the straight scoop. >> he wishes he could be but dad, you've been in politics a very long time, before i was born.
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Dec 4, 2013 3:00am PST
for him. george h.w. bush had to get george w. bush to fire john sununu because he couldn't do it. i think obama. my own sense and john has forgotten more about this than i know, my sense is that if you become president when you are 45, 46-years-old and you've had the background obama had personally, you are probably pretty confident in your judgment. >> i would say one other thing after five years. we are now at the five 84 mark, i got the same people. they're tired. >> i think i got a lot of energy. i was pretty tired after two years. i think that's one of the issues which worries me. you know, this is america. you do get tired. >> working is such a trial. that's an issue. >> seven days a week. >> it's a greened none of us can understand. you can't understand it until you walk through those gates. no one can understand it. mark mcken none said it. i think to robert gibbs, he was walking n. februarys was out. he basically said, welcome to hell. here are the kids. >> remember that evening we had with him when he was talking about the incoming, he literally could not find words to des
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Dec 7, 2013 5:00am PST
congress passed and president george w. bush, not his father, it wasn't until five years ago the u.s. government got around to signing legislation that he didn't need a waiver t.anc that governs south africa and has done so for two decades the designation of the anc as a terrorist group by the united states is a reminder sometimes our government, our political leaders, sometimes they get important things wrong. they get hugely important things very wrong. our country from the president to the mr. president, every day citizens right now our country is mourning the loss of mandela, remembering the life he lived the way he changed the world. our country in the western world wasn't always this united in viewing mandela as a hero. a part tied, apartness in the africano language, they were voted into office in south africa in then 48. they set about passing a series of impressive laws of racial segregation. they western considered citizens. in 1960 when drarts went to the police station in the black town of sharpville and redanded to be arrested, they were protesting the node to have them
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Dec 7, 2013 9:00am PST
that fact is correct. keir simmons, thank you very much. >>> former president george w. bush and laura bush will join the obamas aboard air force one to make the trip to south africa for mandela's services. former president bill clinton and hillary clinton also expected to attend. no word yet if the clintons will be flying on air force one with presidents obama and bush. we've just learned a spokesman for former president carter also telling nbc he is going to south africa as part of the elders delegation. he will not be on air force one with the obamas. new today in politics, president obama is scheduled to speak this hour about u.s.-israeli relations in the current environment. part of a forum sponsored by the saban center at the brookings institute. other speakers include secretary of state john kerry, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. new today, the president is calling on congress to extend unemployment benefits set to expire on december 28th. >>. >> the nonpartisan congressional budget office predicted allowing them to expire will be a drag on economic growth next
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Dec 5, 2013 3:00am PST
court addressed that issue and got the presidency for george w. bush. that's how our constitution works. al gore went out there and basically accepted that without complaint. al gore accepted the fact and then he won by 600,000 votes that w. was president. there were no legal challenges. there is an asymmetry between the hard right and the left. to say they are the same not true. >> there's an extraordinary speech by al gore that night and many observers thought if al gore had spoken that way over the campaign he probably would have won that election. >> if he had richard goodwin throughout the campaign instead of the concession speech it would have helped. >> we'll talk about the interview tonight. good luck. >> i hope i can do my job. katty, what's next? >> coming up, we'll have more here on "morning joe" with the economist which is looking into its krystal ball for the year ahead. we'll break down the magazine's predictions from music industry to president obama getting his second term back on track. stay with us for more "morning joe." we'll be right back. vo: it's that time of year
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